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Director:
Writers:
Dalton Trumbo (screen play)
Ted W. Lawson (based on the book) ...
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Release Date:
November 1944 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Heart-Warming Romance . . . Stark, Sensational Drama! Thrills! Action! Adventure! ...Ripped From The Heart!
Plot:
In the wake of Pearl Harbor, a young lieutenant leaves his expectant wife to volunteer for a secret bombing mission which will take the war to the Japanese homeland. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(11 articles)
Bryan Cranston To Play Dalton Trumbo
 (From Dark Horizons. 19 September 2013, 3:51 AM, PDT)

Kiss*
 (From Comicmix. 29 April 2013, 5:43 AM, PDT)

Phyllis Thaxter obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 17 August 2012, 4:07 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
The Best War Film of World War TWo See more (49 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Van Johnson ... Ted Lawson

Robert Walker ... David Thatcher
Tim Murdock ... Dean Davenport
Don DeFore ... Charles McClure
Herbert Gunn ... Bob Clever (as Gordon McDonald)

Phyllis Thaxter ... Ellen Lawson
Stephen McNally ... 'Doc' White (as Horace McNally)

Spencer Tracy ... Lieutenant Colonel James H. Doolittle
John R. Reilly ... 'Shorty' Manch

Robert Mitchum ... Bob Gray
Scott McKay ... Davey Jones

Donald Curtis ... Lieut. Randall
Louis Jean Heydt ... Lieut. Miller
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Don Smith (as Wm. 'Bill' Phillips)

Douglas Cowan ... 'Brick' Holstrom

Paul Langton ... Captain 'Ski' York

Leon Ames ... Lieut. Jurika
Bill Williams ... Bud Felton
Robert Bice ... 'Jig' White
Hsin Kung ... Dr. Chung (as Dr. Hsin Kung)
Benson Fong ... Young Dr. Chung
Ching Wah Lee ... Guerilla Charlie

Alan Napier ... Mr. Parker
Ann Shoemaker ... Mrs. Parker
Dorothy Morris ... Jane (as Dorothy Ruth Morris)

Jacqueline White ... Emmy York
Selena Royle ... Mrs. Reynolds
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dick Addison ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Morris Ankrum ... William F. Halsey, Captain of the 'Hornet' (uncredited)
Jack Arkin ... Jitterbugger (uncredited)
Tom Avera ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Steve Barclay ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Carlyle Blackwell Jr. ... Pilot Singer (uncredited)
Karin Booth ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Steve Brodie ... MP Corporal (uncredited)
Ralph Brooke ... Sailor (uncredited)
Hazel Brooks ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Lucille Casey ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Wally Cassell ... Sailor (uncredited)
Luke Chan ... Chinese Runner (uncredited)
Mary Chan ... School Teacher (uncredited)
Keye Chang ... Chinese Officer (uncredited)
Lyle Clark ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Eleanor Counts ... Jitterbug (uncredited)
Elizabeth Dailey ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)

John Dehner ... Lieutenant Commander (uncredited)
Myrna Dell ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Hal Derwin ... Singer in Officers' Club (uncredited)

Natalie Draper ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Johnny Duncan ... Jitterbugger (uncredited)

Blake Edwards ... Lt. Smith's Crewman (uncredited)
Harold Fong ... Captain of Patrol Boat (uncredited)
John Gannon ... Lt. Smith's Crewman (uncredited)
Leatrice Joy Gilbert ... Girl (uncredited)
Charles Gordon ... Sgt. Williams (uncredited)
Genevieve Grazis ... Jitterbugger (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... Joe (uncredited)
Harry Hayden ... Judge (uncredited)
Bill Healy ... Eglin Captain (uncredited)
Shirlee Howard ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
John James ... Lt. Smith's Crewman (uncredited)
Virgil Johanson ... Eglin Colonel (uncredited)
John Kellogg ... C-47 Transport Pilot (uncredited)
Mike Killian ... Sailor (uncredited)
Charles King Jr. ... Sailor (uncredited)
Michael Knudsen ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Michael Kostrick ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Joan Lawrence ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Edith Leach ... Girl (uncredited)
Martin Lowell ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Ann Lundeen ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Bob MacLean ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Peggy Maley ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Jack McClendon ... Dick Joyce (uncredited)
Beryl McCutcheon ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Bob McCutchin ... Co-Pilot (uncredited)
Sybil Merritt ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Harlan Miller ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Lorraine Miller ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Charles Mitchell ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
William Moss ... Ship's Clerk (uncredited)
Frances E. Neal ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Jay Norris ... Hallmark (uncredited)
Moroni Olsen ... General (uncredited)
Noreen Roth ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Erin Selwyn ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Elaine Shepard ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Arthur Space ... Deck Officer (uncredited)
Harold Sworland ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Bob Thom ... Lieutenant Commander (uncredited)
Eugenia B. Thompson ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Brad Towne ... Pilot in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Gordon Trigg ... Bit Part (uncredited)
H.T. Tsiang ... Wang Tsung (uncredited)
Joy Vahl ... Jitterbugger (uncredited)
Peter Varney ... Spike Henderson (uncredited)
Will Walls ... Hoss Wyler (uncredited)
Richard Wang ... Chinese Officer (uncredited)
Eve Whitney ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Kay Williams ... Girl in Officers' Club (uncredited)
Wah Yee ... Foo Ling (uncredited)
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Directed by
Mervyn LeRoy 
 
Writing credits
Dalton Trumbo (screen play)

Ted W. Lawson (based on the book) (as Captain Ted W. Lawson) and
Robert Considine (based on the book)

Produced by
Sam Zimbalist .... producer
 
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart 
 
Cinematography by
Harold Rosson (director of photography)
Robert Surtees (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Sullivan (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Paul Groesse 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup creator
 
Production Management
William H. Cannon .... unit manager (uncredited)
Walter Strong .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William H. Cannon .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Russ Haverick .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Leo Pepin .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Harold Rosson .... second unit director (uncredited)
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ralph S. Hurst .... associate set decorator
George E. Lee .... props (uncredited)
Jack Martin Smith .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Standish J. Lambert .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Frank McKenzie .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Robert Shirley .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Newell Sparks .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
William Steinkamp .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Michael Steinore .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
John A. Williams .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Donald Jahraus .... special effects
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Donald Jahraus .... model maker (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
A. Lindsley Lane .... second camera (uncredited)
Robert Martin .... second camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kay Dean .... associate costume supervisor
Irene .... costume supervisor
 
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
M.J. McLaughlin .... music mixer (uncredited)
Herbert Stahlberg .... music mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Dean Davenport .... technical advisor: Arny Air Force (uncredited)
H. Allen Fairbanks .... technical advisor: Navy (uncredited)
Jimmy Garland .... script clerk (uncredited)
Virginia Garland .... script clerk (uncredited)
Wei Fan Hsueh .... technical advisor: Chinese sequence (uncredited)
Ted W. Lawson .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
138 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1949) | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #10248) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Twice while the Ruptured Duck is flying over Japan the crew spots Japanese fighter planes and tenses for an attack, but both times the fighters ignore them. This is factual. In an unbelievable coincidence, the Japanese had planned a major air raid drill for the same time in Tokyo, and the fighters thought the American B-25s were part of the drill until the bombs started exploding. Also, according to the book upon which the movie is based the planes' crews were told prior to the mission that there was a slight chance that the Japanese would not recognize them and react because the Japanese air force had a bomber very similar to the B-25.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The 3-pointed 'pinwheel' shoulder patches worn by the crewmen are those of the General Headquarters (GHQ) Army Air Corps, which was established in 1935. However, when the Air Corps was renamed the Army Air Forces (AAF) in June 1941 (ten months before the Doolittle raid), GHQ was abolished and a new 'winged star' AAF shoulder patch was adopted. The new patch should have been worn in this film.See more »
Quotes:
Gen. James Doolittle:[on the phone] Hello, hello, York? Dolittle. I want you to get twenty-four B-25's and volunteer crews down to Eglin Field as soon as you can. The job'll take 'em out of the country for about three months. Tell 'em it's a secret mission. They won't know where they're going until they get there. Thats's right, volunteers. tell them they're not to talk to anybody. That's an order!See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Bridge to the Sun (1961)See more »
Soundtrack:
Chattanooga Choo ChooSee more »

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25 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
The Best War Film of World War TWo, 10 September 1999
Author: Kirasjeri from Brooklyn NY

This is the true story of Jimmy Doolittle's raid over Tokyo in April of 1942, which lead directly to the battle of Midway, the turning point of the war in the Pacific. It is told through the eyes of pilot Ted Lawson and his crew, and was based on his real life account of his experiences. Van Johnson does a fine job as Lawson, and he gets great support from the remainder of the cast. The scenes on board the USS Hornet, the carrier, and the bombing of Japan, are especially good and absorbing. Most of all, this excellent movie evokes 1942 and the war, at home behind the lines and over Tokyo itself, better than any movie of its era. And the emotional farewell of the pilots and their wives was particularly touching. See it.

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